Real Madrid and Rayo Vallecano played out a goalless draw at the Santiago Bernabéu on Monday night in a match that was marked by missed opportunities and defensive solidity.

Real Madrid dominated the possession and created the better chances, but they were unable to find a breakthrough. Rayo Vallecano defended resolutely and were always dangerous on the counter-attack.

Highlights

First half: Real Madrid had the better of the first half, but they were unable to convert their chances. Marco Asensio had two good opportunities, but he failed to hit the target. Rayo Vallecano goalkeeper Lucas Zidane also made a number of good saves to keep his team in the game.
Second half: Real Madrid continued to press for a goal in the second half, but Rayo Vallecano defended stubbornly. Benzema had a good chance to score in the 80th minute, but he headed wide from close range.

Analysis

Real Madrid will be disappointed not to have won the match, but they will be pleased with their overall performance. They created a number of good chances and defended well. Rayo Vallecano will be happy with a point, but they will be disappointed not to have taken advantage of their chances on the counter-attack.

Conclusion

This was a fair result for both teams. Real Madrid dominated the possession and created the better chances, but Rayo Vallecano defended resolutely and were always dangerous on the counter-attack.

Post-match quotes

Carlo Ancelotti (Real Madrid coach):

"We played well, but we were unlucky not to score. We created a number of good chances, but we just couldn't find a breakthrough. Rayo Vallecano defended very well, and they were always dangerous on the counter-attack."

Andoni Iraola (Rayo Vallecano coach):

"I'm very happy with the result. We defended very well, and we were always dangerous on the counter-attack. We could have won the game, but a point is a good result against Real Madrid."

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